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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

#13 of 84 things to do in Ann Arbor Features Animals
1109 Geddes Ave, Ruthven Museums Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
+1 734-764-0478
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Awesome

Will visit again. Kids had so much fun and they learned lots. Great location and easy to find. A... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
delinaf2017
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Allen Park, Michigan
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A Trip Back in Time

When one visits a museum, one expects to learn about history. The Ruthven Museum of Natural History... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
SuzyQ1955
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Denver, Colorado
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Exhibits include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, and a digital Planetarium. The Museum offers special activities for adults, families, and children that include public lectures, annual I.D. Days, Halloween parties, Discovery Days, and collaborations with regional libraries and other organizations.
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  • Average8%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1109 Geddes Ave, Ruthven Museums Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
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+1 734-764-0478
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Will visit again. Kids had so much fun and they learned lots. Great location and easy to find. A must see if you visit.

Thank delinaf2017
Reviewed 14 May 2017

When one visits a museum, one expects to learn about history. The Ruthven Museum of Natural History IS a trip to the past the minute you walk in the door. The building itself is a glorious affair, full of marble and gilt. The rotunda is...More

Thank SuzyQ1955
Lori D, Public Relations Manager at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for your lovely review. You write beautifully.

Reviewed 20 April 2017

I enjoyed this university museum and its fine collection of Paleontological discoveries and other items related to before the time of recorded history.I saw and appreciated its 4 Billion year old Agasta Gneiss Rock,Stegosaurus Skull from the Cretaceous Period,Bueching Mastodon(skeletal remains),Owosso Mastodon(skeletal remains are the...More

Thank margatemensch2016
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We always enjoy this museum, especially our granddaughter. There are the usual exhibits of stuffed animals, rocks and minerals, and plants. This is our first visit since they added the exhibition of the mammoth that was excavated nearby, I believe in 2015. They did a...More

Thank kupunakane
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Great hands on museum for kids to go to and adults alike. Worth every cent of the $6 suggested donation for admission. Their permanent exhibits include a evolution floor with tones of bones of extinct, prehistoric and contemporary animal species (including dinosaurs, mastodons and dolphins)....More

Thank TravelingMartinezes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

An excellent museum of natural history. Great exhibit of Michigan wildlife. Went on a visitors day and great participatory exhibits for the public

Thank Greg J
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Small museum with a variety of wonderful things to see. While the displays are very dated there is good information contained in them. Great skeletons of a variety of animals give you a good perspective on the bone structure of ancient and current animals. Learned...More

Thank Cathy E
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Wow. First stop was the coat room and restroom...first, the floor was FILTHY. Dirt, trash, toilet paper etc. Enter the bathroom and the smell takes your breath away. Comparable to cat urine and rotting fish. FILTHY. The museum itself was interesting and had a lot...More

Thank CrazyAtheist
Lori D, Public Relations Manager at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

We apologize for the state you found our Museum on your recent visit. The condition you described is not acceptable, and we are in discussion with our custodial department to ensure no other visitors have a similar experience. It would be helpful to know what...More

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This museum is a nice place to visit when visiting Ann Arbor. Interesting interactive activities for the kids on Sunday afternoon and nice selection of displays.

Thank andreaevel
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This was the first time here so we were glad to see the beautiful building before they move. The dinosaurs were all great, and there was a lot to read and see.

1  Thank ronna1954
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When the new museum opens will the current exhibits be in storage or on display?
26 February 2017|
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Response from Lori D | Property representative |
In addition to some exciting new specimens and interactive experiences, the new Museum will include many favorite specimens and some current displays that will be updated to represent the latest science.
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Jenny F
Is there a coat check available? I've visited before but only in the summer.
25 February 2017|
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Response from Lori D | Property representative |
Yes, we have an unstaffed coat room available.
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Erin F
Is the museum open all of april?
20 March 2016|
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